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Tiny Firefly Satellite Set To Flash Straight Into Lightning and Thunderstorms

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Illustration showing Firefly, a mark-carton-sized satellite, gathering data on a gamma-ray burst.

Firefly, a milk-carton-sized satellite, will study gamma-ray bursts that accompany lightning.

Credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation


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NSF's Therese Moretto Jorgensen explains what CubeSats tell us about the atmosphere.

Credit: National Science Foundation

 

Atmospheric scientist Allan Weatherwax of Siena College offers a glimpse inside a CubeSat.

Credit: National Science Foundation

 

Illustration showing gamma ray bursts and lightning.

The Firefly CubeSat will fly through thunderstorms and lightning.

Credit: NASA


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Illustration of Firefly orbiting high in the atmosphere above Earth.

Firefly, as it will look once launched high into the atmosphere above Earth.

Credit: NASA


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Illustration of Firefly gathering data on a terrestrial gamma ray originating from lightning.

Firefly catching a terrestrial gamma ray, or TGF, in action.

Credit: NASA


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